AYFKM? Washington Needs To Reassure America

AYFKM? Washington Needs To Reassure America

Today’s AYFKM? Award goes to Barack Obama, not for using the nuclear option to shove Obamacare down our throats, but for this statement:

“At stake right now is not just our ability to solve this problem, but our ability to solve any problem. The American people want to know if it’s still possible for Washington to look out for their interests and their future,” Obama said at the White House.

ARE YOU FREAKIN’ KIDDING ME? I cannot stop laughing at this jackass.

We have known that Obamacare was not dead and was going to be passed using reconciliation. We’ve known for months that the Barry, Harry, Nancy show was all about what the democrats want because this may be the last time in a very long time that they have this type of power.  Obama does not care what we want because we are too stupid to understand the messenger and, therefore, should not be making any decisions.  The insanity of the above statement is doubled when coupled with the polling numbers that show a majority of Americans feel the economy is the #1 issue in the country, NOT HEALTH CARE.  I know that health care is an integral part of the economic puzzle, but Obamacare does not create jobs, it shuts companies down.

Obama and his crew KNOW we don’t want this, but it does not matter.   He wants to reassure us that they do actually have our best interests at heart.  Are you buying it?  Now who is living in ‘my little pony world’?

Obama: ‘Congress owes the American people a final vote on healthcare’

President Barack Obama launched the end-game on healthcare Wednesday, urging Congress to “finish its work.”

Obama said he believed the Congress owed the American people a final up or down vote on healthcare reform, but did not use the word reconciliation.

Instead, the president pointed to past examples of landmark and costly legislation that had been approved through the use of the rules, which prevent a filibuster from being used against budget-related measures in the Senate.

He also said he didn’t not see how more negotiations would help resoved continued differences between Republicans and Democrats “giiven the honest and substantial differences between the parties”

No matter which approach is favored, he said, “I believe the U.S. Congress owes the American people a final vote on healthcare reform. (emphasis mine)

Spinning, spinning, spinning.  Spinning like a top…

“Reform has already passed the House with a majority, it has already passed the Senate with a super major with 60 votes,” Obama continued. “And now it deserves the same kind of up-or-down vote that was cast on welfare programs, that was used on the children’s health insurance program… and the Bush tax cuts, all of which passed Congress with a simple majority.”

WE DID NOT WANT EITHER OF THOSE BILLS, and the dems passed them anyway.

Republicans have warned Democrats they will lose control of Congress if they push healthcare reform through Congress with the use of reconciliation rules.

Imagine that!  Surprised?

Obama described healthcare reform as a test of whether the political system is capable of tackling the nation’s biggest issues.

“At stake right now is not just our ability to solve this problem, but our ability to solve any problem. The American people want to know if it’s still possible for Washington to look out for their interests and their future,” Obama said at the White House.

Obama acknowledged that the year-long quest for healthcare reform has bruised him and the Democrats who control Congress. “I don’t know how this plays politically, but I know it’s right. And so I ask Congress to finish its work, and I look forward to signing this reform into law,” he said.

And I look forward to electing candidates that will repeal this un-Constitutional and un-American law as soon as humanly possible.

Obama On Reconciliation, Hypocrite OR Gumby In Disguise?

This would be an AYFKM? Award recipient situation if we did not already know that the pResident is actually Gumby in disguise.

Barack Hussein Obama was against using reconciliation before he decided to use it to pass Obamacare.

We are not going to pass universal healthcare with a 50 plus 1 strategy.

To be fair, this isn’t universal healthcare, technically, but it is the starter home.

Another video of Obama and the democrats on the nuclear option.

Bennet Pushes For Reconciliation On Public Option

Bennet Pushes For Reconciliation On Public Option

Michael Bennet (D-CO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) have signed a letter to Harry Reid asking for a public option to be brought before the full Senate under budget reconciliation rules because it will save BILLIONS according to CBO projections.  How often has the government been right about their projections, and what is $25 Billion compared to the trillions of red ink we are now buried under?

Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t his terminology suggest that a reconciliation package is already in the works even though the White House is doing the dog and pony, health care show on the 25th?  These are Bennet’s words, not mine.

And if that doesn’t work, we will be looking at Obamacare through the signing of a presidential executive order, right?

Lord help us make it to November…

Bennet Leads Push to Include Public Option in Health Insurance Reform Reconciliation Package

CBO Projections Show Public Option Could Yield Savings of At Least $25 billion

February 16, 2010

Denver, CO – In his continued effort to pass health care reform that lowers costs and leads to higher quality care, Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, is leading the effort in the Senate to pass health insurance reform that includes a public health insurance option under budget reconciliation rules.

Bennet has written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid and is circulating it for additional signatures. In the letter, Bennet highlights findings from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that said a public option could yield cost savings of at least $25 billion. Bennet also pointed to the fact that a public option would provide Americans with a low-cost alternative to private insurance and improve market competitiveness.

In addition, the letter noted that there is substantial Senate precedent for using reconciliation to enact important health care policies, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), COBRA, and Medicare Advantage.

“Too many people in Washington believe that just saying you are for health care reform is a substitute for actually getting something done,” said Bennet. “While some choose to stall progress under the pretext of principle, more and more Americans are losing the health care coverage they need. Coloradans deserve better than political leaders who care more about the special interests than the people we’re supposed to represent. They deserve a Washington that is more concerned about the thousands of dollars being lost by families struggling to pay for coverage than the millions being spent by special interests intent on stopping reform in its tracks.”

In the letter, Bennet also pointed to widespread public support for a public health insurance option as evidence that the American people see it as an essential component of health care reform that lowers costs and improves the quality of care.

Late last year, before voting in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Bennet criticized the backroom deals, delay tactics and political posturing that led to the removal of the public option in health care reform.

The full text of the letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid is included below:

The Honorable Harry Reid
United States Senate Majority Leader
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Leader Reid:

We respectfully ask that you bring for a vote before the full Senate a public health insurance option under budget reconciliation rules.

There are four fundamental reasons why we support this approach – its potential for billions of dollars in cost savings; the growing need to increase competition and lower costs for the consumer; the history of using reconciliation for significant pieces of health care legislation; and the continued public support for a public option.

A Public Option Is an Important Tool for Restoring Fiscal Discipline.

Are You Freakin’ Kidding Me? Fiscal Discipline and Congress in the same breath? Really?????

As Democrats, we pledged that the Senate health care reform package would address skyrocketing health care costs and relieve overburdened American families and small businesses from annual double-digit health care cost increases. And that it would do so without adding a dime to the national debt.

We know what your pledges are worth; ‘for it before you were against it’.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) determined that the Senate health reform bill is actually better than deficit neutral. It would reduce the deficit by over $130 billion in the first ten years and up to $1 trillion in the first 20 years.

These cost savings are an important start. But a strong public option can be the centerpiece of an even better package of cost saving measures. CBO estimated that various public option proposals in the House save at least $25 billion. Even $1 billion in savings would qualify it for consideration under reconciliation.

Put simply, including a strong public option is one of the best, most fiscally responsible ways to reform our health insurance system.

A Public Option Would Provide Americans with a Low-Cost Alternative and Improve Market Competitiveness.

A strong public option would create better competition in our health insurance markets. Many Americans have no or little real choice of health insurance provider. Far too often, it’s “take it or leave it” for families and small businesses. This lack of competition drives up costs and leaves private health insurance companies with little incentive to provide quality customer service.

A recent Health Care for America Now report on private insurance companies found that the largest five for-profit health insurance providers made $12 billion in profits last year, yet they actually dropped 2.7 million people from coverage. Private insurance – by gouging the public even during a severe economic recession – has shown it cannot function in the public’s interest without a public alternative. Americans have nowhere to turn. That is not healthy market competition, and it is not good for the public.

If families or individuals like their current coverage through a private insurance company, then they can keep that coverage. And in some markets where consumers have many alternatives, a public option may be less necessary. But many local markets have broken down, with only one or two insurance providers available to consumers. Each and every health insurance market should have real choices for consumers.

There is a history of using reconciliation for significant pieces of health care legislation.

There is substantial Senate precedent for using reconciliation to enact important health care policies. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicare Advantage, and the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA), which actually contains the term ‘reconciliation’ in its title, were all enacted under reconciliation.

The American Enterprise Institute’s Norman Ornstein and Brookings’ Thomas Mann and Molly Reynolds jointly wrote, “Are Democrats making an egregious power grab by sidestepping the filibuster? Hardly.” They continued that the precedent for using reconciliation to enact major policy changes is “much more extensive . . . than Senate Republicans are willing to admit these days.”

There is strong public support for a public option, across party lines.

Once again, AYFKM?  I trust Rasmussen more than the NY Times and the overwhelming opinion is that this bill in it’s entirety should be scrapped and Congress should start over. “…61% of U.S. voters say Congress should scrap that plan and start all over again.” (A little sidenote from Rasmussen, “It’s interesting to note that in a separate survey earlier this week 63% of voters said, generally speaking, it would be better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were defeated this November.”)

The overwhelming majority of Americans want a public option. The latest New York Times poll on this issue, in December, shows that despite the attacks of recent months Americans support the public option 59% to 29%. Support includes 80% of Democrats, 59% of Independents, and even 33% of Republicans.

Much of the public identifies a public option as the key component of health care reform – and as the best thing we can do to stand up for regular people against big insurance companies. In fact, overall support for health care reform declined steadily as the public option was removed from reform legislation.

Although we strongly support the important reforms made by the Senate-passed health reform package, including a strong public option would improve both its substance and the public’s perception of it. The Senate has an obligation to reform our unworkable health insurance market – both to reduce costs and to give consumers more choices. A strong public option is the best way to deliver on both of these goals, and we urge its consideration under reconciliation rules.

So there you have it kids.  The future is looking like the progressives are going to shove Obamacare down our throats using reconciliation….just like we knew they would.

It’s Never Over With The Democrats; Fascist Obamacare

It’s Never Over With The Democrats; Fascist Obamacare

It’s not enough that their candidate has made every mistake in the book, and their party is pulling nasty Chicago style shenanigans to either stop Scott Brown from winning, or not seating him in time to vote against healthcare when he does win, the dems are showing their next chess move.

Reconciliation…

Senate Can Pass Health With 51 Votes, Van Hollen Says (Update1)

Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) — Even if Democrats lose the special election to pick a new Massachusetts senator Tuesday, Congress may still pass health-care overhaul through a process called reconciliation, a top House Democrat said.

That procedure requires 51 votes rather than the 60 needed to prevent Republicans from blocking votes on President Barack Obama’s top legislative priorities. That supermajority is at risk as the Massachusetts race has tightened.

“Even before Massachusetts and that race was on the radar screen, we prepared for the process of using reconciliation,” Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said.

“Getting health-care reform passed is important,” Van Hollen said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend. “Reconciliation is an option.”

The only thing that continues to amaze me about the Democratic Party is that they continue with their immoral techniques to win at any cost, and are still not getting the message that America is RIGHTEOUSLY ANGRY.  What’s it gonna take, gallows in front of the Capitol?  (Crap, did I write that out loud?)

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